in the Classroom

Created by WestEd for Google

Get the tool: http://earth.google.com

What is it? is a free, downloadable application that works as a browser for all sorts of information on Earth. It uses imagery to grab, spin, pan, tilt and zoom down to any place on Earth. Students can explore every corner of the , measure distances, create their own virtual tours, and share their tours with others. You can also create and download layers of information and view them in geographic context.

Why use it? Students can use Google Earth to: • study natural and political • learn reading and • visually explore historical, news, and census data • annotate locations and share with others • create their own 3D models to overlay on maps • download geographically-referenced information created by others

Instructional Ideas Expert Tip Elementary. Have students explore verified locations where meteors have hit the Earth (http://www.gearthblog.com/ To help you know what is kmfiles/impacts.kmz), then create a chart of the number of possible with Google Earth, craters per . download and explore lots of Middle School. Have students explore the 19 annotated virtual tours (KML and KMZ placemarks mentioned in Jules Verne’s “Around the files) before creating your in 80 Days” (http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download. php?Number=156427). Then have them annotate 19 own tours. different places they would stop if they were traveling around the world. High School. Have students pretend they are with Sir Ernest Shackelton during his adventure in . Explore the virtual tour in Google Earth (http://bbs.keyhole. com/ubb/download.php?Number=151193) and have students write diary entries to personalize the experience. mapping, the iterative design process, and user feedback. Google Earth in Action

Project: Seismic Hazards Grade/Subject: 7th grade URL:http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/googleearthsanfran.htm

How can we minimize the worst effects of by designing safer cities? In small groups, students use a variety of spatial data to make decisions about seismic hazards and building locations in San Francisco. Using Google Earth, students locate existing hospitals and consider the requirements for a new hospital building, such as population , access to roads and transportation, etc. They then create a new placemark for the new hospital somewhere in San Francisco and describe the rationale for their location.

Additional Resources

Find and Share Virtual Tours Complimentary Tools Global Earth Community Google SketchUp http://bbs.keyhole.com/entrance.php http://earth.google.com United Streaming More Examples http://www.unitedstreaming.com/ Google Earth Blog GE Graph http://www.gearthblog.com/ http://www.sgrillo.net/googleearth/ Google Sightseeing Earth Plot http://www.googlesightseeing.com/ http://www.earthplotsoftware.com/ Juicy http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/googleearth.htm

Geographic Information Geospatial21 http://www.geospatial21.org/ The History and Application of GIS in Education http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/features/ historygisedu/